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27th World Congress of Architects - uia2020


July 19 to 23, 2020 | Pier Maua


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LOCAL TOURS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

# Corcovado

# Corcovado

Frequency - Daily; 
Time – Morning 
Duration – Approximately 04 hours;

As you travel up the Corcovado Mountain on the little train that cuts through the Tijuca National Park, the natural beauty and wildlife delights the senses! At over 700 meters high, the views across the city and over the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas are spectacular. The magnificence of the Christ the Redeemer statue, elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, is a highlight of the tour that celebrates the spirit of the Rio people who love their city, as well as soccer and samba. The tour also takes you to the Maracanã stadium and to visit the Sambadrome. 

Price: R$ 189.00

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#Sugarloaf Mountain

#Sugarloaf Mountain

Frequency - Daily; 
Time – Morning 
Duration – Approximately 04 hours;

To travel by cable car from Praia Vermelha to Morro da Urca, and then to Sugar Loaf Mountain, is a sensational experience. Getting to know the country’s first capital city, Rio de Janeiro, its architecture and historical importance, and visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral are already enough reasons to enjoy this trip. However, having Guanabara Bay at your feet and enjoying the panoramic view of the city from Sugarloaf Mountain is by far the highlight of this tour, undoubtedly providing you with the most striking pictures of your holiday.

Price: R$ 177.00

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# Rio Full Day Train and Open-Air Bus

# Rio Full Day Train and Open-Air Bus

Frequency - Daily; 
Time - Morning; 
Duration – Approximately 9 hours;

The most complete tour; the most exciting experience. Be taken to explore the wonders of the ‘Marvellous City’, such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Soak up facts and information on the open-air bus tour of the city that takes you along the seafront roads, through the Historical Center and neighbourhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa, as well as to the Cathedral, Maracanã Stadium and Sambadrome. Experience and savour the delicious cuts of meat offered at a traditional Churrasco Rodizio (barbeque), served with a full buffet of hot dishes and salads, topping off what is sure to be an unforgettable day.

Price: R$ 377.00

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# Petrópolis

# Petrópolis

Frequency - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Period - Morning;
Duration - Approximately 07 hours;
 
Ascent to Serra do Mar inside the Atlantic Forest, overlooking Serra dos Órgãos. Visit to the Imperial Museum, the Cathedral of St. Peter of Alcantara and tour of the city sights such as Quitandinha Palace, Crystal Palace, Casa Santos Dumond, Clock of Flowers and Factory of Chocolates. Optional Buffet Lunch (not included in the price)

Price: R$ 130.00

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# Rio Express

# Rio Express

Frequency - Daily;
Time - Morning;
Duration – Approximately 05 hours;

The most economical option, contemplated the main sights of the city. The perfect tour for those who do not have time to lose! All the magic of the Sugar Loaf and the charm of the Christ Redeemer with a panoramic city tour, passing through the Cathedral, Maracanã and Sambódromo.

Price: R$ 259.00

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# Olympic Boulevard

# Olympic Boulevard

Frequency - Daily (minimum 03 people)
Period - Morning;
Duration - Approximately 4 hours;
 
Disembark at Pio X Square in Candelária Church, walk along the Boulevard Olimpico to the outside area of ​​the Museum of Tomorrow. Embark on the VLT to stop ships and Cobra mural. Disembark at AquaRio (ticket included for visitation) and return to the Hotel.
 

Price: R$ 206.00

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# Jeep Tour Tijuca Forest

# Jeep Tour Tijuca Forest

Frequency - Daily (minimum 02 people)
Period - Morning or afternoon;
Duration - Approximately 4 hours;
 
Region of Mata Atlântica, in an area of ​​environmental preservation, 10 minutes from the center of Rio de Janeiro, the Tijuca Forest is the largest urban forest in the world. Tour with stops at the viewpoint of the Chinese View, where you can see the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, the bay of Guanabara and Niterói, in waterfalls of crystal clear water and hiking through easy-grade trails inside the forest. During the tour, animals such as monkeys, sloths and birds of Brazilian fauna are usually seen.

Price: R$ 180.00

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# Maracanã

# Maracanã

Frequency - Daily (minimum 03 people)
Period - Morning;
Duration - Approximately 4 hours;
 
Get to know the most famous setting for Brazilian football in the country, and hear the history and stories of this legendary stadium that has hosted two World Cups and the Olympic Games.  Visit the locker rooms, a warm-up room, press room and other spaces through which stars from all over the world have passed, and get a close look at old shirts, balls and football boots of Brazilian footballers such as Pelé, Garrincha and Zico in the museum. You´ll also enjoy the exhilarating experience of walking out onto the pitch, stepping on the grass that has been the stage for so many historical matches.

Price: R$ 177.00

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UIA 2020 Rio Through the Eyes of a Photographer

UIA 2020 Rio Through the Eyes of a Photographer

The passion between photographers and Rio de Janeiro is as old as photography itself. In 1840, the young Emperor of Brazil, Pedro II, was introduced to a camera, he not only ordered one for himself, he also apointed an official photographer for the court. Soon, others arrived from Europe, and they went from registering the rich families of the day, to capturing the everyday street hustle and bustle, or climbing the city's mountains to immortalize the astounding beauty of Rio's landscapes from above, making it one of the first cities in the world to be captured in photos.

On this tour, you will continue this tradition along side a professional photographer. Your host has a deep love for Rio, using the city as back drop for fashion shootings. Some of his pictures taken during Carnival period were used in iPhone ad campaigns. He will excort you around in a quest to find unusual and surprising angles to register the city. You will first meet at a special place to get some basic tips on how to take better pictures and talk about the itinerary.
Then, you will depart on a mix of walking and motorized exploration, visiting some places that are dear to your host's heart, and others that he thinks will make your jaw drop. Get your camera and Instagram account ready!

Duration : 6 Hours 

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UIA 2020  Copacabana Art Deco & Zona Sul

UIA 2020 Copacabana Art Deco & Zona Sul

Copacabana is one of the most touristic areas of the world. This neighborhood only developed in the 20th century and was accompanied by numerous urban development projects. One of the results was the rise of Copacabana in the glamorous Golden 20's, which is still visible in some of its blocks. In this tour, you will discover the beautifully decorated buildings in Art Deco style as well as the broad sidewalk designed in the late 60's by one of Brazil's most famous landscape architects. This tour is a walking tour. 

Duration : 4 Hours

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UIA 2020  Porto Maravilha & Urban Renewal

UIA 2020 Porto Maravilha & Urban Renewal

The urban renewal plan started prior to the Rio Olympic Games and became one of the largest in the history of the city, transforming the former harbor area of five square kilometers. We will explore how the project was implemented, the buildings it rediscovered, and discuss the issues of such a vast urban renewal including former plans transforming the center of the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Duration : 4 Hours

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UIA 2020 Architecture, Art & Design Tour

UIA 2020 Architecture, Art & Design Tour

Discover Brazil's creativity from traditional handicrafts to outstanding architectural marvels that were designed to complement Rio de Janeiro's landscape. 

Your tour starts at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM), inaugurated in 1963 and a beacon of modernist Brazilian architecture. Designed by Affonso Reidy, the building houses an important collection from national artists. Next, we will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, another example of the period. This grand pyramidal brutalist structure is lightened by four floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes. The project is by Edgar da Fonseca, and the interior houses many religious works of art. Nearby, the Center for Brazilian Crafts (CRAB) is an institution that safeguards, celebrates and elevates cultural manifestation through handmade garments and objects that are part of the Brazilian heritage. Famous national designers are working with these artisans to produce new articles in fashion, art, and home goods. Our last stop will be at the Maua Square. Totally renovated as part of the Olympic City project, this area is an iconic cultural symbol of Rio. From here, you can admire some of its oldest and newest architectural marvels, like the 1633 Benedictine Monastery, and the Museum of Tomorrow, designed by Santiago Calatrava, inaugurated in 2015. 

Obs.: Some walking is involved from the Cathedral to the CRAB, about 700m. This tour is also available using public transportation with guide (Uber, taxi, metro, LRT, or a combination of these).

Museums opening hours: 

MAM - Tue to Fri from 12pm to 6pm. Holidays, Sat and Sun from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Mon.

CRAB - Tue to Sat from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Mon and Sun. 

Duration : 5 Hours

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UIA 2020  The Genius of Niemeyer

UIA 2020 The Genius of Niemeyer

During the eighty years of productivity, the legendary architect has created a vast variety of about 600 projects all over the world. In his home town of Rio de Janeiro we can observe his evolution from his very first building, a small nursery school to the more recent built work, the complex for the FGV University. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi and the Casa das Canoas, Niemeyer’s house. 

Duration : 8 Hours

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UIA 2020 Guanabara Bay Cultural Boat Tour

UIA 2020 Guanabara Bay Cultural Boat Tour

Rio de Janeiro was the first city in the world to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for its urban landscape. It is from the sea that you can really understand why the title is well deserved. On this small group tour, you will cruise Guanabara Bay for 2hs passing by many landmarks of both Rio and its sister city, Niteroi, including the forts of the original Portuguese settlement that founded the city, the striking Museum of Contemporary Art designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the bridge that crosses the bay, and the last addition to Rio's skyline, the Museum of Tomorrow. The bilingual guide on-board will give details about these and many other points of interest, along the way.

Obs.: Shared tours of maximum 10 to 12 people per boat, are available Wed and Thu, departing at 1PM. Water, juice, fresh fruit, sunscreen, are included. Beer, sparkling and white wines are available for purchase onboard. Transfer to/from the pier is not included. Private round-trip transfer can be added upon request for an added cost. Minimum of 2 passengers is required. This activity is weather permitting. 

*Private cruise of this route is also available. 

Duration : 2 Hours

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UIA 2020 From Capital of the Empire to Modernist Architecture Tour

UIA 2020 From Capital of the Empire to Modernist Architecture Tour

Explore Rio's downtown in this tour dedicated to the city’s history since it’s founding. You will get an overview of 450 years of urban development and architecture within a short distance. Brazilian architecture gained worldwide fame starting in the 40’s. You will visit some of the most impressive outcomes of colonial, empire and Brazilian modern architecture in a leisure walking tour. 

Duration : 6 Hours

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UIA 2020 Paqueta Island Tour

UIA 2020 Paqueta Island Tour

Located in back of Guanabara Bay, near a natural reserve, Paquetá is a car-free island 1h by ferry from downtown Rio, where time stood still and preserved not only the colonial architecture of heyday but also the ambiance and way of life that makes it hard to believe this bucolic island is part of the bustling metropolis that is Rio de Janeiro. 

Your guided tour starts by traveling to Praça XV, from where all the city's ferries depart. From the boat, you will see the city skyline and pass under the bridge that connects Rio and Niteroi. Upon arrival in Paquetá, an electric golf cart with driver will be waiting to take you around. The entire island is a protected heritage area where you will find constructions dating back to colonial, imperial and early republican eras. Your guide will show curious sites and stories, like the canon that was fired every time the Portuguese King visited the island, the African baobab tree, one of the only two of its kind in Brazil, churches and houses that once belonged to historical Brazilian figures.

After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch (meal not included). You will return by ferry to Rio and continue by land back to your hotel.

Obs.: On base 2 pax, the guide will meet guests at the hotel and they will travel by taxi or uber to the ferry docks, and return from there the same way. For groups, a private coach will be provided. 

Duration : 8 Hours

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UIA 2020 Art and Graffiti Tour in the Port Region

UIA 2020 Art and Graffiti Tour in the Port Region

This guided walking tour traces the route of open-air artwork located in some of Rio’s oldest neighborhoods, from the original settlement of Praça XV to the recently renovated Porto Maravilha. This area’s historical importance can be told by its monuments, statues, art installations, murals, and graffiti. Street art in Rio dates back to the 18th Century, starting with elaborate water fountains and, in the 19th century, celebratory figures. At Praça XV, the pyramid fountain and the two equestrians statues of King Dom João VI and General Osorio, are great examples of the period. Your guide will point out curiosities that pass by unnoticed to most people crossing the square. A few meters away, through the streets of the area known as Old Rio, the modernist Venus installation by José Resende creates a nice contrast against the eclectic architecture. Between the Candelaria church and Guanabara Bay, lies the kinetic sculpture created by Anthony Howe to be the 2016 Rio Olympic Pyre. At Maua square, take the elevator up to the belvedere of the MAR museum to see a bas-relief sculpted by Portuguese artist Vhils, depicting the face of a resident of nearby favela Providencia, the first of Rio. In the favela itself, he created several of these bas-reliefs. Continuing on Sacadura Cabral street, massive murals cover the entire side of three buildings: a collective by graffiti artists Toz, BR, Pia, Jou, SWK, among others; another one by Brusk; and the third by Panónio. A few steps away, at Pedra do Sal, the birthplace of Samba, another graffiti tells the story of the African men and women who were brought to Brazil as slaves.

This small alley still holds one of the oldest ‘rodas de samba’ in Rio. On Barao de Tefé street, walking towards the port, is the archeological site of the old docks where these Africans arrived in Brazil. Back at the Conde Waterfront, the International Olympic Committee commissioned Kobra to create a panel celebrating the 2016 Games, and he chose to represent native people from all five continents. This grand painting is in the Guinness Book as the largest mural painted by a single artist, in the world. On the walls of the next three buildings are works by renowned Brazilian artists Luis Mourão, Rita Weiner, Luiz Zerbini and Vik Muniz. Finally, on your last stop, several artists created side-by-side murals covering an old warehouse, just across from the aquarium, filling the square with colors and whimsical images.


Obs.: The total walking distance is, approximately, 4km (2,5mi), about 1,5h walking counting all the stops. This tour can be shortened to adjust to the client’s walking capabilities. There will be one bathroom stop at the MAR museum, midway of the tour. 

Duration : 4 Hours

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UIA 2020 Rio Grafitti Tour

Ever wondered the meaning behind some graffiti art you see on the streets?

At least in Rio you will be able to finally ask questions and discover what was on the artists' minds. Your host for this tour is a graphic designer who turned her passion for graffiti into her business. Not only she created a web gallery where she sells art from famous "grafiteiros" of Rio, she also knows them personally enough to conduct guided tours of their murals spread around the city.

On this tour you will visit walls around the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon that served as canvases for many street artists. Your host will tell the stories behind some of the characters that appear on these walls, will teach how to look for details Beto identify who is the artist, and will tell you intimate secrets about these artists’ lives. To finalize, you will all visit a microbrewery in Leblon where the graffiti crowd often gathers.

Some walking is involved on this tour, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen and don’t forget your camera. 

Duration : 4 Hours

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UIA 2020 African Heritage Tour

This tour traces the footsteps of Afro-Brazilian culture in Rio, from the first arrival of the enslaved Africans to the inseparable image of Rio and Carnival. 

Depart the hotel towards Praça XV, the original port of Rio, from the foundation up to 1811, when the arrival of slaves was transferred to Cais (docks) do Valongo, in a, then, remote area of the city, away from society’s eyes. At Praça XV, in the Royal Palace, Princess Isabel signed end of slavery in 1888. Through Cais do Valongo, passed over 2 million Africans, the majority from Congo and Angola. 

Continue walking to the newly restored Jardins (gardens) do Valongo, a 1906 attempt to erase the past during the Pereira Passos era of transforming Rio into a cosmopolitan Capital. From here you can see the old Largo do Depósito, where the actual commerce took place. Climb the Conceição Hill from where you will have a breathtaking view of downtown and Favela da Providencia, the first of Rio. 
Descending on the opposite side we will get a glimpse of Guanabara Bay and the area once known as Little Africa, arriving at Pedra do Sal. Here, freed and slaved Africans gathered to work, rest, sing, dance, and celebrate their culture. It is here that many years later samba gained its first tunes. This rhythm became a symbol of Rio and Brazil, to a point that in 1984 Sambadrome was built, an arena dedicated to the Carnival Parade, “The Temple of Samba”, our last stop on this tour. 

Obs.: Some walking up and down hill is involded, about 600m. Wear comfortable closed walking shoes. 

Duration : 4 Hours

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UIA 2020 Full Day Fazenda Tres Saltos and Fazenda Vargem Grande

UIA 2020 Full Day Fazenda Tres Saltos and Fazenda Vargem Grande

Fazenda Tres Saltos is a privately owned farm. The house was built in the early 1800s and the farm once was a major producer of coffee during the coffee cycle in Brazil. It has belonged to many owners and in 1980 Burle Marx designed the landscape project that currently surrounds the main house.

Transfer to Fazenda Vargem Grande for lunch and visit.

This is an old coffee farm that was built in 1837 during the "Coffee Cycle". The owners at that time became known as the "Coffee Barons". In 1973 the current owners bought the farm. The main house was restored and a new one was built following the same colonial style. Burle Marx was called to turn the former coffee fields into a garden. It took him and his team many years to complete the work.

The sketches of this farm were featured in the Burle Marx exhibit at The Jewish Museum. 

*Accompanied by a Burle Marx Specialist

Travel time: approximately 3hs each way 

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UIA 2020 Full Day Gilberto Strunk and Raul Martins Houses Tour

UIA 2020 Full Day Gilberto Strunk and Raul Martins Houses Tour

Today you will be joined by a landscape designer that has studied under Burle Marx. Her admiration of the artist made her an expert on his legacy and a coveted specialist to restore many of his gardens such as the Ralph Camargo Residence in Teresopolis Pampulha Gardens in Belo Horizonte Tres Saltos Farm in Pinheiral and Grande Hotel in Araxá.

Your First stop will be a house designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1954 with a modernist concept. The garden created by Burle Marx stretches along a valley floor with organic and rectilinear forms. This house was featured in the movie Reaching for the Moon, which tells the story of Lota Macedo de Soares, the mastermind of the Flamengo Park along with Burle Marx. 

After lunch, we will visit a small but beautiful house that belongs to architect Raul de Souza Martins. It is located in a valley and is surrounded by lush native vegetation. The gardens designed by Burle Marx occupy two levels. 
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UIA 2020 Bike tour on the Flamengo Park

UIA 2020 Bike tour on the Flamengo Park

Enjoy a pleasant bike tour along the shoreline, from your hotel or the bike shop, passing by Botafogo's cove until the Santos Dumont Airport, and see for yourself why this area was included as a Unesco World Heritage Site. You will learn how a hill in downtown Rio was leveled and turned into one of the city's most beloved green areas, with some important modernist landmarks sharing the space with tropical plants in the landscape created by two of Brazil's most celebrated architects. 

Obs.: The total ride distance is about 5km (3,1mi), with stops and leisurely pace. This tour is also available in a cheaper version with guide picking up guests by taxi at the hotel and taking them to the bike shop in Copacabana where the tour will start and end. Return to the hotel is on own. From some hotels in Copacabana, the bike shop is within walking distance. 

Duration : 3 Hours

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UIA 2020 Modernist Architecture in Rio

UIA 2020 Modernist Architecture in Rio

Inspired by the European modern movement, Brazilian architects created their very own style adapting the principles to the tropical climate and Brazilian culture. You will visit iconic buildings such as the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as lesser-known constructions and admire the specific characteristics of Brazilian modern architecture. 

Duration : 8 Hours


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UIA 2020 Rio from Past to Present

UIA 2020 Rio from Past to Present

Rio de Janeiro’s historical Centro is an extremely dense conglomerate of buildings of different styles. Colonial, neoclassical, modern and contemporary buildings stand right next to each other. On a walk through the district, we explore the most impressive examples and learn about the city’s development and the major changes through urban reforms. 

Duration : 8 Hours

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UIA 2020 Bike tour Along the Beach

UIA 2020 Bike tour Along the Beach

A delightful tour passing by some of the world's most famous beaches. You will have the chance to observe the cariocas, Rio's natives, enjoying a few of their favorite pastimes: running, playing sports, cycling and sunbathing. Along the way, your guide will stop to point out curious stories about the neighborhoods and landmarks of the route, and give you time to take postcard pictures. This tour can depart from your hotel or the bike shop. 

Obs.: On Sundays and national holidays, one side of the avenue is closed for recreation, jogging and to provide extra space for bikes. This tour is also available in a cheaper version with guide picking up guests by taxi at the hotel and taking them to the bike shop in Copacabana where the tour will start and end. Return to the hotel is on own. From some hotels in Copacabana, the bike shop is within walking distance. 

Duration : 3 Hours

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UIA 2020 Rio Outskirts Wonders - Prainha, Burle Marx and Pontal Museum

UIA 2020 Rio Outskirts Wonders - Prainha, Burle Marx and Pontal Museum

Some of Rio’s best beaches are well off the beaten track. Passing Barra da Tijuca, tourists will instantly notice the contrast between the developed areas and the preservation areas, where the sky-blue sea meets the pure white sand. Prainha is located after Recreio Beach, with clear waters and perfect waves, which make this beach a favorite for surfers and boogie-boarders. Grumari is the final beach on this route and is one of Rio´s most isolated and unspoiled beaches, designated as an Environmental Protection Area.

After the scenic drive, visit the Museum House of Burle Marx, Brazil's most renowned landscaper. This colonial building houses various precious pieces of art including drawings by Braque and the French architect Le Corbusier, Nordic crystals, ceramics from Vale do Jequitinhonha region, baroque saints, pre-Colombian ceramics, and many others creations including drawings and pictures from Burle Max himself. 

Set in a pleasant house, Casa do Pontal Museum presents one of the most complete visions of Brazilian popular art. Its collection is the result of 40 years of research by the designer Jacques Van de Beuque and displays a large variety of works by more than 200 artists from many different parts of the country, creating an authentic anthropological window on the roots of Brazilian culture.

Lunch is not included. 

Duration : 8 Hours

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